African American CAP
Carmarion D. Anderson
Carmarion D. Anderson is a vibrant and visible Trans* person of color who has worked tirelessly to spread the Message of Inclusion to the world. Carmarion is the Executive Director of Black Transwomen, Inc., a national non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with a mission to uplift the voice, heart, and soul of black transwomen. As well, a Prevention Public Health Consultant with a focus on HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in marginalized communities. Carmarion serves as the National Moderator for TransSaints of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries, Inc. and an associate minister at Living Faith Covenant Church, Dallas, Texas. Carmarion resides in Austin, Texas, and is the proud parent of one son and has one adorable grandson.
Cynthia Carey-Grant is Executive Director of WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease) a respected organizations for women living with HIV in the United States. Cynthia served in leadership roles in several prominent women’s health organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America and as Manager for Women’s Health at Kaiser Permanente. Cynthia served as a member of the Alameda County Office of AIDS Administration Collaborative Community Planning Council Executive Quality & Data Services Planning Committees and Co-Chair Alameda County Prevention Committee. She is also a founding member of the Sankofa Collaborative, a national partnership of health professionals dedicated to addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS on African American women and their families.
Ms. Tori Cooper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services. Ms. Cooper works as a Prevention Specialist at Positive Impact Health Centers in metro Atlanta, Georgia. Tori is a staunch advocate for the Trans and HIV communities and travels across the country providing education to providers, clinicians, consumers, students and communities of every size and scope. She created the Hour of Power which is an empowerment group that meets twice monthly for the trans, gender nonconforming communities and allies. The HoP recently celebrated its second anniversary. She is a National Trainer, Subject Matter Expert (SME), facilitator and consultant with the CDC. She is a National Trainer for NMAC’s Building Leaders of Color (BLOC) advocacy training program. She is Executive Director and Founder of Advocates for Better Care (ABC Atlanta, LLC) which seeks to further her mission of education, empowerment and opportunities for marginalized people. She is also an ordained Deacon at Tabernacle Baptist Church under the pastorate of Bishop Dennis A. Meredith. Tori has received numerous awards and honors for her work, but she measures true success when the people she serves achieve viral suppression, when they master new life skills and achieve health and financial equity.
Kymberly J. Gordon
Kymberly J. Gordon is a 61 year old Transgender Woman, FIRST. She has had many challenges to face; one was a lack of education. In 2002 Kymberly Gordon return to school and received a GED, ABA, BBA and Certification in Addiction Counseling.
She has worked in the fight against AIDS for more than 30 years. She has held many positions and is now Case Managing for the past 10 years at Damien Ministries, Inc. She oversees the 340B Pharmaceutical Program of Damien Ministries, Inc., Program Manager of a growing agency ‘Shuggs Place’ and the Supervisor of the Non-Medical Case Management department.
Charles Hawthorne works for the Harm Reduction Coalition as a Capacity Building Coordinator. His role includes providing training, technical assistance, and educational materials to organizations in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area that provide services for people who use drugs, people living with HIV/AIDS, people experiencing homelessness, and LGBTQ+ communities. Prior to joining the Harm Reduction Coalition, Charles worked at HIPS in Washington DC as a policy and direct service intern. Charles is a graduate of Purdue University, where he majored in biochemistry and worked to deliver public health and diversity training to students, staff, and faculty.
Dr. Joyce Turner Keller
I am Dr. Joyce Turner Keller, a 68 year-old HIV positive woman, who resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am Founder & CEO of ASPIRATIONS, a nonprofit HIV service organization, as well as an artist, advocate, community organizer, motivational speaker, writer, actress, producer, and director. I’ve served as CEO of Positive Diva and Positive Dude Production, and Spiritual Leader of the Travelers Of Christ Evangelistic Ministry for 53 years. My areas of study are theology, psychology and gerontology, and I am also a certified paralegal. I am passionate about fighting for the rights of others and a champion for those underserved, hopeless, discouraged, dismayed, and discriminated against.
John W. Meade Jr., MPH
John W. Meade Jr. is the Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. John has acquired over 6 years of public health experience, focusing on socio-contextual determinants of health and addressing health inequities. John is a graduate of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where he earned an MPH in Global Health, with a concentration in Sexual and Reproductive Health. John has also worked internationally supporting sexual health promotion efforts and HIV prevention research among priority populations in Peru and South Africa.
Born in 1985 to a revolutionary family committed to social justice liberation and the Black power movement, Socorro has been advocating for transgender people of color for over a decade, assisting others with resources and linking them to others within the community. Socorro has received many awards for his work with TPOC and also has been honored several times within the last five years for his work within the HIV prevention and care field as well. Socorro currently is leading the Bay Area California chapter of BTMI and is the founder of brotherhood510.com a website designed to empower trans-masculine people of color to access community resources, and make lasting and supportive connections through social media, art and media.
Wakefield is an HIV-negative health care advocate with over thirty years of involvement in projects that increase community participation in HIV prevention research and ethics. Currently, Wakefield is the External Relations Director for Fred Hutch’s HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). He also founded The Legacy Project, HVTN’s program to increase racial and ethnic population involvement in trials. In addition to his role at HVTN, Wakefield currently serves on AVAC: Global HIV Prevention Board and as Chair for The Pride Foundation.
SaVanna Wanzer has been a community activist for over 20 years. During that time she has founded two projects for the transgender community including Capital Trans Pride in 2007. This year will make the second part of her vision come to life with an event called May is? “All About Trans” featuring multiple days of celebrating, being, living & loving Transgender people.
During her years of serving in her community she has been the first transgender woman to serve on Whitman-Walker’s Health and Capital Pride’s Board. She has been so honored to have received several awards for her hard work throughout the community. She is also a co-facilitator of an all transgender support group. She is in the process of adding mentors and an employment youth training program for trans youth called DYME. (TransDimensional Youth Mentor Educational Program). She looks forward to many more years helping the transgender community stand proudly.
Dana has over 30 years of experience as a National and International Public Health Consultant in the field of HIV/AIDS. As Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Community Wellness Project, (CWP), she has established a strong reputation in her abilities to manage and implement a variety of programs and special project initiatives for both care and prevention services. She has extensive experience providing direct over-site of programs and assessments on federal, state and local contracts. She has served as a representative on local, national and international projects. She is an expert in managing the agencies directly- funded CDC projects for over 20 years including prevention and capacity building grants and all their related activities. She is a master networker, coordinating with and negotiating solid essential services in conjunction with other agencies, developing materials and providing in-service trainings for project staff as well as community based and AIDS service organizations. Dana has provided and organized numerous informational workshops, seminars and institutes on various related health and HIV/AIDS related issues.